Upcoming UK talent show Let it Shine will air on UKTV in the new year.
The series hunts for 5 singers to perform in a new stage show using the music of Take That, called The Band.
Former singer Gary Barlow will be joined by Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet, Eastenders), with the series hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.
Gary Barlow says: “Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That. The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry. Now with Let It Shine we’re looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic.”
Dannii Minogue says: “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK and joining the judging panel of Let It Shine. To be a performer you must have a burning desire to perform, then you train at all the skills you need to shine. This show gives everyone that chance. I can’t wait!”
Tim Christlieb, Director of Channels, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand, said: “UKTV is a fun, noisy celebration of cracking British entertainment, and in Take That we have one of the most successful British acts of the last 25 years.
“Talent shows have proved highly successful for us in the past and we’re really excited about bringing Let it Shine to Australians in the new year.”
A previous Take That-inspired musical Never Forget debuted in 2007.
Let It Shine will have three stages of competition. The musical theatre star Amber Riley, who rose to fame as Mercedes Jones in Glee, will join as guest judge for the first stage of the competition to give her expert opinion to the budding stars.
Singer, television personality and actress Lulu, OBE, who famously collaborated with Gary Barlow on Take That hit Relight My Fire, will join the three permanent judges for the second stage of the
competition, helping to whittle down the groups to five final bands who will go forward to compete in the live shows.
The finalists will seek to prove their worth as they collaborate with some of the UK’s most-loved artists, with spectacular staging and one big song after another. Confirmed guest performers for the live shows include Busted, Beverley Knight, Melanie C, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs.
Announcements regarding the judging panel for the live shows will be made in due course.